XS Max: Oak-Savannah Country in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge

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Eastern Columbia River Gorge

The Dalles Mountain Ranch is part of the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve. It’s located at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge in an Oak Savannah environment.

On a sunny mid-July day, I  explored the area for awhile. The wonderful spring wildflowers had disappeared and all the grass had turned brown. Still, the country has a stark beauty of its own.

McCall Point (from the drive to The Dalles Mountain Ranch)

The views were magnificent, with the Columbia River stretching far to the east, Mt. Jefferson sticking up to the south and tall Mt. Hood dominating the scenery. 


A hazy Mt. Jefferson behind the Columbia River

Wild Tobacco

Mt. Hood

Trail to paragliding launch area (lots of wind in the eastern Gorge)



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